Saturday, February 26, 2011

Kuuki's history with anime

You may be surprised, two posts two days in a row, such an achievement considering my tendancy to blog once and then forget it for weeks, or maybe I'll just stop posting tomorrow alltogether, anyway if I'm blogging today it's because of Nopy's project : my history with anime
What is it you ask? 

Easy, the project is to make you write about how you discovered anime, when, with which serie and everything that has to do with your personnal history with anime. The interesting thing is, when you read about everyone's story, that everyone shares similarities all over the world but somehow every story is different. 

Anyway, all of that to say hey hello, I'm jumping on the bandwagon but when I was 3 this was airing on TV :

So I am indeed a victime of Sailor Moon as well as millions of other people in the world. In the same TV show aired things such as Hokuto no Ken, City Hunter, Cat's Eyes, Dragon Ball and so on. Unfortunately, when I was 3 the show stopped airing due to political pressure "this is too violent, it shouldn't be broadcast to kids" and stuff like that, but somehow these are still vivid in my memory, 19 years later, they made a great impression on the little girl I was (and no it didn't turn me into a violent girl, or so little ^^)
Later on, throughout my elementary school/middle school/high school years there were some timid attempts at putting it back on TV so I saw Captain Harlock, Captain Tsubasa (somehow, it seems less original when you put these names together), Cardcaptor Sakura, Pokémon, Digimon and Gundam Wing
Everytime it made a big impression on me, but well the internet didn't exist and I live(d) in a tiny village, I watched what was on TV, bought a few toys related to them and that stopped there I barely even knew the word manga though somehow I knew about the yakuza (don't question this, ever, I always had an interest for the underground and hidden things in general ^^)

And then came the internet. 
As strange as it may seem I discovered visual kei first, through a CD given away with some rock magazine I bought at the time, I listenned to it and liked the song, looked it up on the internet, found more bands, more songs, thought they were great to study on since I didn't understand the language. 
The more I dug into it, the more I was interested in Japanese culture, started to look at the fashion pics, then discovered the cosplay pics and somehow asked a friend of mine which manga she'd recommend for a newbie to read. 
She said I would love Death Note and that I should definitely read it. I did. I loved it. Marathoned the manga between two studying session for my graduation exam. I was 18 years old. 
After that I got interested and started to read the most popular stuff like Naruto, One Piece and Bleach, well the mandatory things for all manga fans because they were the most accessible things on the French internet. 

Then I discovered OneManga and it marks one really important turning point in my fangirlism. 
It was awesome, there were so many different manga on there, so many genres, and it was so active, I was in awe. 
There was one problem though, English, yeah that was the time I realized the world was much easier for English speakers. My level wasn't horrible but it still took me more than 5min for a single page when I need mere seconds for a page of a French book. I thought, screw it, I'm too lazy to look for all these manga in French, there's a high chance they're not even translated, I'll learn English even if it has to kill me. 
In the next months I read pages and pages, slowly, very slowly, until I gradually became faster and faster. 

One day I was looking for a new manga to read and came across the word "mafia" on a summary, that's the second turning point, this day I discovered Katekyo Hitman Reborn and I didn't even know what the hell that was about. 

I loved it, not a single manga I read before made me fangirl as much as this one did. When I had finished to read everything I thought : NEED MOAR. 
Looked all over the internet, found a message board, they had pretty pics and goodies, and they seemed to have a lot of fun. I had good memories of online communities before it turned into a battle so I joined and tried again. I loved it, then started to watch the anime
That was my first involvement in an online anime community, I met people, we recommended stuff to each other and I started to realize that animes were airing weekly. 
At the same moment I had a few penpals and my English was getting better and better, good enough to write it without much thoughts. 

One day, after browsing the internet looking for something I came accross LiveJournal, some stuff were member locked so I joined and joined some communities. That's the third turning point. 
Then I slowly discovered a few more things, got interested in following anime weekly when 07 Ghost started, I was so happy, it was one of the first manga I read on OneManga so I started to dwelve into streaming websites, trying out other on going series. 
In the meantime I started to be more active on LJ, I just didn't follow communities I started to write in there, in English. Started to buy figures, started to buy mangas, discovered the goodness that are seiyuu, made more and more friends from all over the world thanks to anime and progressively became fluent in English and my brain transfered all fandom activities to English. 

At this point in time, nearly 22 years old, I can say my anime addiction lasted all my life, I'm blogging nearly daily on LJ since 1 year and a half, I have so many mangas I can't even count, fandom taught me English, fandom brought me friends I wouldn't have known otherwise and it even recently gave me the push I needed to start writing again. 
Damn, that was quite the long post /shot


  1. I'm sad to hear that Sailor Moon was cancelled because it was too violent. Over here, they got around that argument by censoring a lot of things and creating a segment at the end of each episode called "Sailor Moon Says" which taught kids to be good.

    One thing I've noticed is that a lot of European fans like yourself got into anime through manga, while in North America the opposite seems to be true. I guess European book stores were more receptive to putting manga on their shelves than North American ones.

    I'm impressed that you were able to learn English because of anime and manga. If you hadn't mentioned that you were French, I would've thought English was your first language based on how good your writing is. Maybe you could try learning Japanese next :)

  2. Well, it's mostly because they were a bit reckless by putting everything together, see, watching Hokuto no Ken and Sailor Moon in the same hour, when it's totally not made for the same public was a bit of a mistake.
    After that, in the head of a lot of adults anime = violent.

    True, and I think it's especially true in France, we had a lot of manga and very early. Though it may also be because we have more a culture of books, parents and everyone in general have the thought that books are necessarily good while TV is frowned upon.

    Thank you, thank you.
    Japanese is indeed on its way, I can more or less understand what's going on in an anime/drama CD without subtitles/translations but my reading is non existent XD
    You'd be surprised by the number of people who learnt English with anime, really.

  3. If only I learned my Japanese as well as you tried to learn English...


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